Pastrami: A Meat Odyssey

Peter Gallagher

TVWBB All-Star
Hope everyone’s been well – I was at the store 2 weeks ago – the Friday after everyone actually begun to take the virus seriously – By the time I got there, the meat aisle had been pretty much decimated – there was only a couple of random cuts left. However, there was an exception. I spotted 5 or 6 really nice-looking brisket flats. I guess people don’t hoard briskets during pandemics. I wasn’t thinking brisket when I walked in, but called the audible and picked out a nice one.

I’m not huge brisket guy, but I do love pastrami so I thought I’d go for it……

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I made the corning brine – I like to boil the water and make sort of a tea. I let the brine cool in the fridge, and then submerged the meat. Based on weight and thickness, I was going to give it 12 days in the brine…

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It was nice looking - it weighed in at 8.9 pounds....

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Into the fridge:

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Fast forward to this past Friday. I drained and cleaned it, and then back in cold water for another 24 hours – the desalination process is crucial - I skipped this step once many moons ago, and the result was more of a salt lick than a pastrami.

I was curious, so I weighed it – It had picked up almost 10% - Seemed about right . I then seasoned it up.....

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getting things going.....

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....and stuck on the smoker at about 10:30 PM Saturday........ real smoking action shot!

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I took a look around 10:30 AM and it looked like this: It had just got pass the stall and was about 165 degrees.

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It took another 2.5 hours - then I implemented the Chris foil / towel wrap / cooler method and let it rest for a couple of hours.

not too shabby!

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and plated..... oh yea, no rye bread at the store...had to go with some hoagie rolls - be safe everyone!

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Rich G

TVWBB Guru
Peter, that looks phemomenal!! Too bad you aren't near me, I'd make you some rye bread......though you could put that between two flip flops and it would be good! :)

Rich
 

BFletcher

TVWBB Wizard
That was a pleasant read and I loved the photo shots. Thanks for sharing!

... that looks like a nice espresso machine, too.
 

JeffG

TVWBB Guru
Pass me a plate of that wonderful looking pastrami, hoagie rolls or not that Sandwich looks delicious.
 

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